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User Guide
Motherboard
A7V8X-X
E1198
Checklist
First Edition V1
January 2003
Copyright © 2003 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved.
No part of this manual, including the products and software described in it, may be
reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any
language in any form or by any means, except documentation kept by the purchaser for
backup purposes, without the express written permission of ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
(“ASUS”).
Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or
altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2)
the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
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Contents
Features
Notices ............................................................................................ v
Safety information .......................................................................... vi
About this guide ............................................................................. vii
ASUS contact information ............................................................ viii
A7V8X-X specifications summary .................................................. ix
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
1.2
1.3
Welcome! ........................................................................... 1-2
Package contents ............................................................... 1-2
Motherboard components .................................................. 1-3
1.3.1 Core specifications ................................................. 1-4
1.4 Special Features ................................................................ 1-6
1.4.1 Product highlights ................................................... 1-6
1.5 Motherboard layout ............................................................ 1-7
1.6 Before you proceed ............................................................ 1-8
1.7 Motherboard installation ..................................................... 1-9
1.7.1 Placement direction ............................................... 1-9
1.7.2 Screw holes ........................................................... 1-9
1.8 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ......................................... 1-10
1.8.1 Installing the CPU ................................................ 1-10
1.9 System memory ................................................................1-11
1.10 Expansion slots .................................................................1-11
1.10.1 Configuring an expansion card ........................... 1-12
1.10.2 Standard interrupt assignments ......................... 1-12
IRQ assignments for this motherboard ....................... 1-12
1.10.3 AGP slot ............................................................. 1-13
1.11 Jumpers ............................................................................ 1-13
1.12 Connectors ....................................................................... 1-15
Chapter 2: BIOS information
2.1
2.2
Managing and updating your BIOS .................................... 2-2
2.1.1 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS ............ 2-2
2.1.2 Using AFLASH to update the BIOS ....................... 2-4
2.1.3 CrashFree BIOS feature ........................................ 2-7
BIOS Setup program .......................................................... 2-8
2.2.1 BIOS menu bar ...................................................... 2-8
2.2.2 Legend bar ............................................................. 2-9
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Contents
Safeguards
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
Main Menu ........................................................................ 2-10
2.3.1 Primary and Secondary Master/Slave ................. 2-12
2.3.2 Keyboard Features .............................................. 2-14
Advanced Menu ............................................................... 2-15
2.4.1 Chip Configuration ............................................... 2-16
2.4.2 I/O Device Configuration ...................................... 2-18
2.4.3 PCI Configuration ................................................ 2-19
Power Menu ..................................................................... 2-21
2.5.1 Power Up Control ................................................ 2-23
2.5.2 Hardware Monitor ................................................ 2-24
Boot Menu ........................................................................ 2-25
Exit Menu ......................................................................... 2-26
Chapter 3: Software support
3.1
3.2